Why are there so many BNP voters in Barking and Dagenham?

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Why are there so many BNP voters in Barking and Dagenham?

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Griffin does well despite high-quality schools and housing

Griffin does well despite high-quality schools and housing

I visited Barking and Dagenham recently to gauge the strength of the British National Party in the area, where BNP leader Nick Griffin is standing against Labour’s Margaret Hodge—and where the BNP is also hoping to take the council. Jon Cruddas, one of Labour’s most eloquent MPs, is also fighting the neighbouring seat of Dagenham and Rainham (renamed after boundary changes). His seat is pretty safe from the BNP—as his three most troubling wards migrated across to Mrs Hodge—but he faces an energetic fight from Simon Jones, the Conservative candidate.

So what’s there to fear about the BNP? Its vote share has risen in the area (it won 17 per cent in local elections in 2006, making it the official opposition in the borough), while Labour’s fiefdom has collapsed—from 65 per cent in 1997 to around 50 per cent in 2005. The

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  1. May 4, 2010

    Simon Jones

    Since when was Barking & Dagenham ‘East End’? East London at a push, but it’s Essex really. I’m not being pedantic, it’s just that the analysis doesn’t fit. Hackney North doesn’t even have a BNP candidate. Neither does Hackney South. Or West Ham. Or East Ham. Or Poplar & Canning Town. There are all the pressures you mention there, plus a healthy white working class. It’s pretty lazy stuff.

  2. May 4, 2010

    SIMON_JONES

    You’ve shoehorned Dagenham into the ‘East End’ in order to make a bad analysis worse. Hackney North doesn’t even have a BNP candidate. Neither does Hackney South. Or West Ham. Or East Ham. Or Poplar & Canning Town.

  3. May 4, 2010

    SIMON_JONES

    Oh, and I’m not the Simon Jones referred to in the article.

  4. May 4, 2010

    Lee John Barnes

    The British people are sick and tired of seeing our country being colonised by ungrateful foreigners who want to impose their own cultures upon us at the exact same time as they exploit our culture to get on at our expense.

    Its not rocket science is is Kathy.

  5. May 5, 2010

    Roy Chadwick

    “employing Obama Big Schlep tactics”
    Definition
    1. An arduous journey.
    2. A clumsy or stupid person.

    Looks a little like SHEEP to me.
    How are Obama`s poll numbers looking!
    Could be an arduous journey ahead for a stupid person!

  6. May 5, 2010

    Simon Fay

    The lucky locals have also had the pleasure of Billy Bragg coming back from West Dorset with a few Searchlight goons to chase the BNP out of what he still regards as his manor, despite not living there in years. If only these stupid ungrateful proles would see sense and accept that those who despise them know what is best for them and their destiny.

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